Ethiopian Airlines makes ancient flight to Eritrea

Passengers are welcomed by cabin crew inside an Ethiopian Airlines flight who departed from the Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to Eritrea Symbol copyright AFP

Roses and champagne had been given to passengers at the first commercial flight between Ethiopia and Eritrea in two decades.

Ethiopian Airways stated its “bird of peace” flew to Eritrea, after the top of the “state of warfare”.

“I’M in cloud nine,” flight captain Yosef Hailu told the BBC.

Loved Ones and pals are anticipated to be reunited for the first time considering the fact that a 1998-2000 border war among the 2 countries close air and street travel.

Ethiopia’s High Minister Abiy Ahmed has spearheaded a peace process with Eritrea in view that he took place of work in April.

Image copyright AFP Symbol caption Demand for the flight was huge

Former Ethiopian Top Minister Hailemariam Desalegn was once a few of the passengers at the ancient flight.

He advised the BBC’s Emmanuel Igunza that he was emotional about making the commute.

“it is a golden moment for the 2 international locations and the 2 other folks,” he said.

Captain Yosef mentioned he was once looking forward to assembly pals in Eritrea.

“i am going again to where the place I grew up. I’m in reality glad,” he informed the BBC.

Ethiopia Airways tweeted an image of the pilots in the cockpit prior to take-off.

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A UN-subsidized boundary commission dominated in 2002 that Ethiopia will have to cede town of Badme to Eritrea.

It refused, and the two nations remained in a state of “no war, no peace”.

Mr Abiy has promised handy over territory, however it is doubtful whilst this may occur.

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